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even in situa-
tions that are
tioned is always
a good plan.
Note 4 is basi-
cally the same
device as the S5,
which was an
on the S4, but in my normal cycle of use, I found
that the huge battery, a gum shaped slap of robust
rechargeableness (3200mah), handily doubles my
normal expectations in daily use as well as standby
The really big difference between the S5 and the
Note is in the size of the device, and that cuts right
to what you use a mobile phone for.
It would be churlish, not to mention somewhat
luddite, to suggest that in 2014, the primary use for
a phone should be making calls.
That s rather like arguing that cars are for transport,
so any Model-T variant will do.
Today s mobile phones, even so-called "feature
phones," the technology ghetto of the modern soft-
ware driven smartphone market, are all expected to
do more than place and receive calls and local carriers
have seen the market value in allowing even cheap
mobile phones to connect to basic social media serv-
The Note 4 lives right out at the edge of what
most folks would consider to be a comfortable size
for a phone that you carry around all day. It s no
surprise that the device seems popular with women,
who often put it in an attractive case and stash it
in a handbag.
If you aren t so equipped, you ll have to consider
whether the user comfort of using the large, crisp
screen can live with the potential discomfort of
accommodating a device that measures six by three
inches in size in your pocket.
It s a question I get asked often. The
Samsung S5 or the Note 4?
The answer has tended to be based on
a cursory fondling of the market defining
Note 4, rather derisively described as a
phablet after its introduction in 2011.
The term was inspired by the size of the
device, which is either a really big phone
or a very small tablet, depending on your
It wasn t the biggest phone that Samsung
offered then or since, but it was one that
hit a sweet spot, just big enough for folks
who use their mobile devices as very portable
computers and just small enough to fit into
the places normally reserved for a phone.
It was a prescient move by Samsung,
introducing a device that decisively leveraged
an early acceptance of phone sized com-
puting devices as real world replacements
for a laptop or tablet and it s one that s been
followed by every major player in the smart-
phone market since.
On startup, the Note 4 device I was using
on a testing loaner from the company imme-
diately began updating itself, and on signing
into my Google account, proceeded to repli-
cate the software setup I d crafted for
It s not a perfect process, but it s a sig-
nificant improvement on adding software
one app at a time though the final assig-
nation of icons remains something for the
individual user to design.
The Note 4 is light on pre-installed apps,
a blessing, since these usually can t be
removed, but it does offer some interesting
additions to the startup interface, including
a helpful widget for users unfamiliar with
the use of a stylus on a mobile phone.
In lieu of a host of pre-installed apps,
two widgets, Galaxy Gifts and Galaxy Essen-
tials point to useful benefits and optional
software that users can choose to install.
I have no words for how wonderful a
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"Changing the way we interact with People!"
Welcome new features on Samsung's Note 4 put the
choice of built-in and featured apps back in the
hands of users.
Coming to grips with the Note 4
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